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Medical Aspects of Nuclear Radiation


Published 1950


Attempt to argue away the dangers of nuclear radiation, with some excellent animation.


Run time 20:14
Producer Cascade Pictures of California
Sponsor U.S. Air Force, Special Weapons Project
Audio/Visual Sd, C

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Explains effects of radiation upon the human body, internal and external radiation hazards, and the relative gravity of the hazards of nuclear radiation, blast and heat. Contains animation of the human body as a factory, showing a cartoon of workers in different body departments.


Atomic bombs A-bombs nuclear radiation nuclear weapons Fear Anxiety Paranoia Cold War Danger Lurks
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Reviews

Reviewer: newamerica2012 - - December 20, 2012
Subject: Pretty darn good, for its time. Still good.
All true. Perhaps the humor seems out of place. Doesn't go into internal exposure at all, but still scientifically valid.

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Reviewer: unzar - - June 10, 2008
Subject: the bomb will rearrange your furniture
The blast...causes a gigantic rearrangement of things. Yes, that's true, but I've never heard it put quite like that.
Reviewer: junya - - November 24, 2007
Subject: 14 years before Dr. Strangelove
The original rendition of "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb".
Reviewer: doowopbob - - October 7, 2007
Subject: Radiation Will Take You Out!
I've Had A Zillion X-Rays On Machines That Were Not Up To Certification!I've Had Skin Cancer! ( Sun Radiation!)....They Found A Tad Of Cancer On Left Vocal Chord......Cut It Out........Sent Me To Radiation For 36 Days (Overkill!).......A Yr. Later My Voice Stopped Working.....Radiation Burned Me So Bad I Could Never Talk Again.....They Took Out Vocal Box...........DONT TELL ME ABOUT RADIATION........Now I Deal With Stupid People Who Raise Their VOICE!....(Im Not Deaf!).....Or Don't Understand Robotic Voice And Want To Speak For Me........I've Learned In The Long Run.............People Don't Want To Hear Anything But Them Self Talking..!..But Thank God............I Have A Few Friends That Get It!
Reviewer: thefoxna - - August 21, 2007
Subject: mostly true!
Most of the film is true, except half way through, it becomes propaganda. You might think what they're saying is laughable, that you know how dangerous radiation is, but its affects are entirely exaggerated. Radiation is harmless until you reach levels of man made proportion, such as the pure metallic form of plutonium or polonium. Although the stuff about the atomic bombs radiation being negligible is total BS, your basically screwed if your too close to one of those explosions, especially due to radiation.
Reviewer: Clara Bow - - December 10, 2006
Subject: Transcription
Here is a complete transcription of "Medical Aspects of Nuclear Radiation":

http://docs.google.com/View?docid=d5q7qw6_8f8ns5c
Reviewer: Spuzz - - November 7, 2003
Subject: Radiation does NOT equal the Indian Menace!
Pretty amusing and alarming detailing of what puportedly Radiation can and cannot do to you. You see, It's not the radiation that won't kill you, it's the blast! So stop worrying about it, go outside 3 minutes after the blast and eat all you want! Don't read those (great) newspaper ads warning about radiation! Don't listen to the radio! And don't worry about your hair, it'll grow back, and besides, you can always wear a toupee! Pretty amazing.
Reviewer: cpt_mocha - - October 20, 2003
Subject: Better off with mutated kids!?!?!
This movie cracks me up! The arguements about how safe and wonderful radiation are is totally ridiculous! There's a part near the end where they talk about how radiation affects your offspring and they go so far as to say that you're better off with a kid enhanced by radiation! There's no way people could've been this naive even in 1950.
Reviewer: Christine Hennig - - October 19, 2002
Subject: The Medical Aspects of Nuclear Radiation
This film tries to dispell fear of nuclear radiation by such tactics as portraying the human body as a factory run by pixies, telling you you can always get a toupee if your hair falls out, and informing you that you'll be dead before getting a high enough dose of radiation to make you sterile. The naration is alternately patronizing and clueless, making this a highly amusing example of 50s cold war propaganda.
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: ****. Weirdness: ***. Historical Interest: *****. Overall Rating: ****. Also available on Atomic Scare Films, Vol. 2 and Atomic War Bride/This Is Not a Test DVD.
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